May 1, 2019
Year 8 students at Kirk Balk Academy had a fantastic opportunity in March 2019, to visit Wentworth Woodhouse, a local Grade One listed stately home built from circa 1735.
Wentworth Woodhouse is currently being renovated and, as part of ensuring its future, they have enlisted the support of Great Places Wentworth and Elsecar, a heritage lottery funded project. Kirk Balk Academy were invited to take part in an Enterprise Day to educate students on the local history of Wentworth Woodhouse and encourage them to create ideas that will help increase the number of young visitors.
Students were impressed by the outside with the longest façade of any country house in England.
Inside, they were treated to a historical walking tour where volunteers shared their knowledge of the history of the building. To inspire students to be creative, they attended workshops delivered by industry experts on creative product and service design and advertising and marketing. Working in small teams, students developed their ideas and produced a display to share their concepts with others.
Ideas included: a ghost hunt, virtual reality escape games, camping under the stars, treasure hunts and outdoor activities including go karting, ice skating and a zip wire.
Great Places were impressed with how engaged all the students were and how well all the teams performed. Well done to all students involved who have once again made everyone at Kirk Balk Academy incredibly proud.